Remembrance of Later Things


What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun  (Ecclesiastes 1:9).

Would Solomon still have written this if he had seen today’s world, with its satellites and computers and autonomous vehicles? On the outside at least, the world has changed immensely since he wrote those words. Have science and technology allowed us to break free of this cycle, to overcome the hopelessness of nature? Continue reading “Remembrance of Later Things”


Automakers Must Not Build Cars with Driver Internet Access


Last week, the New York Times reported that several automakers are beginning to equip cars with access to the Internet. It seems beyond question that, despite the warnings on the products themselves, these features will be used by drivers while they are driving and will inevitably lead to serious injuries and deaths. Car manufacturers installing these features deserve censure for choosing sales over lives. Continue reading “Automakers Must Not Build Cars with Driver Internet Access”

Facebook and Cyber-Detachment: What’s the Real Deal?


An article in the San Francisco Chronicle seems to debunk fears that social networking sites and an obsessive dependence on the Internet have created a society of isolated mouse-clickers. According to the article, the first study, conducted in 2006, correlated increased Internet usage for work with an alarming percentage of individuals who claimed that they had no one close enough to discuss so-called “important matters” with. However, a 2009 study Continue reading “Facebook and Cyber-Detachment: What’s the Real Deal?”

Technology & Multitasking: Towards a Thoughtful Christian Consumption


A few months ago, I wrote a post about multitasking in which I discussed many of the problems with the usage of technology that facilitates our propensity to do too many things at once. This post sparked some disagreement. I turn now to the question of how Christians should engage technology, particularly as these interactions tempt us to multitask. Continue reading “Technology & Multitasking: Towards a Thoughtful Christian Consumption”

On the Invisible Dangers of Television


As I like to do on Sunday afternoons, I took a hike today in Wildcat Canyon Regional Park. I reached the highest point in the park at about 4 p.m. and was enjoying the beautiful 360-degree vistas of the Bay Area bathed in the late afternoon sun when my serenity was interrupted by a group of five or six adults boisterously impersonating characters from Family Guy. As they took a break at the peak, their conversation consisted entirely of chatter about the latest episodes of various television shows.

I could not help but be reminded of a scene from George Orwell’s 1984. Continue reading “On the Invisible Dangers of Television”

Technology, the Internet, and Multitasking: The Problem


The ubiquitous use of the Internet in law school classrooms has become something of a byword. If you want to know when a law student is in class, check and see what time she last updated her Facebook profile or notice when he is most often on Gmail chat. Yep, that would be when they have class. Continue reading “Technology, the Internet, and Multitasking: The Problem”